GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 28 student-athletes who will represent their schools at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff, which will be held July 19-21 at the Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Each school brings two of its standout players to the Kickoff.
In all, 12 of the 28 attendees were named to the preseason watch lists for either the Maxwell or Bednarik Awards, announced Tuesday, or the Rimington Award which was announced last month.
Also included on the list is Florida State placekicker Roberto Aguayo, who was the 2013 Lou Groza Award-winner and a consensus first-team All-American in 2014, first-team 2015 All-Americans James Conner of Pitt (AFCA) and Jalen Ramsey of Florida State (USA Today) and second-team All-Americans Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech (FWAA, Walter Camp, USA Today, Phil Steele) and Jeremy Cash of Duke (FWAA, Walter Camp, Phil Steele).
Attendees named to the preseason Maxwell list, for the National Player of the Year Award, were Conner, NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas and North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams.
Student-athletes who are coming to the Kickoff and were named to the preseason Bednarik Award watch list for Defensive Player of the Year included Cash, Ramsey, Fuller, Wake Forest linebacker Brandon Chubb, Louisville defensive end Sheldon Rankins and NC State defensive end Mike Rose.
Additionally, Duke center Matt Skura was one of five ACC pivotmen named to the Rimington Award’s preseason list. The Rimington is presented annually to the nation’s top center.
North Carolina’s Williams is the only student-athlete who attended the 2014 ACC Kickoff and will be present at this year’s preseason football media event.